Posts by: Jo Breiner

Kevin Gallagher explains quantitative easing or “QE2″

Big picture view on midterm elections

Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers his view on the midterm elections and what’s next for President Obama. Professor Wilson is the author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective.” “A stunning blow for the Democrats. The question now is whether Obama can play the game of wrong footing for the Republican […]

Experts available on mid-term elections

The following Boston University professors are available to comment on the upcoming mid-term elections: Tom Whalen, Associate professor, Social Science; Expert on Modern American politics and culture; Regular contributor on PoliticoArena Contact 617-353-4785, tjw64@bu.edu     Graham Wilson, Department Chair Political Science; Expert on American politics; Regular contributor on PoliticoArena Contact 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu     […]

Tobe Berkovitz: Midterm campaign ads get nasty

Contact Tobe Berkovitz, 617-353-7724, tobetv@bu.edu

Northeast to buy NStar

Northeast Utilities, a Connecticut-based energy supplier, announced that it will purchase Boston-based NStar for $4.3 billion in stock. The merger will form a company with 3.5 million electric and gas customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southern New Hampshire. SMG finance lecturer and an energy risk-management expert Mark Williams comments on the deal. “Northeast Utlilities announcement to […]

French strikes continue

Protests over pension reforms in France continue to escalate. Students have joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following view. “How ironic is it that 16-year-old high school students are protesting against a campaign to raise the […]

Brandweek asks: “Will Consumers Get Charge From Electric Cars?”

Two new electric cars are set to go on sale in November. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are creating much buzz but will consumers react positively to the new vehicles? In a recent Brandweek article, COM professor Tobe Berkovitz says getting the message out can be achieved through marketing. “Ads can communicate product benefits […]

GOP unpopular but its arguments are sticking

With three weeks remaining to mid-term elections, a new Bloomberg poll shows that voters are unhappy with both parties. Despite their unpopularity, the GOP appears to have the edge heading into the elections. Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers the following view: “Much research on public opinion takes a dim view of the average citizen. […]

Obama will not sign foreclosure bill

The White House announced that President Obama will use a “pocket veto” on a bill that would make it easier for banks and other lenders to foreclose on homeowners. Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers the following view: “Vetoing a measure speeding up foreclosures must feel like taking a stand for apple pie and motherhood.” […]

White House after Rahm

President Obama announced that Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, is leaving the office to run for mayor of Chicago. Political Science department chair Graham Wilson comments on the move. “This may be unkind, but it is tempting to link Emanuel to two crucial strategic errors – the belief that compromise and cooperation with the Republicans was […]